Jane Wilson

Jane Wilson (1924–2015)

Artist Jane Wilson has passed away. A painter whose work moved towards landscape-based abstraction, Wilson taught art history at the University of Iowa, and then, after moving to New York, joined a circle of poets and painters that also included Fairfield Porter and Frank O’Hara. She was a founding member of Hansa Gallery. Working early on as a fashion model to support her art career, Wilson also appeared in one of Andy Warhol’s screen tests. Critic Roberta Smith, reviewing Wilson’s 2009 show at DC Moore Gallery, wrote about the “soft magic” of the paintings, adding: “The real subject here is color, which may make Wilson a postabstract Color Field painter.”

Wilson was elected to the Academy of Arts and Letters, and her works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum in New York; as well as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, DC.